By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Parents of children with Down syndrome often say they needed more information before the baby's birth about what to expect. Unfortunately, it is apparent that not only do parents not get the useful information they need, but they are often bullied to have an abortion, as we saw in the case of Courtney Baker earlier this month, whose letter to the doctor who pressured her to abort her baby went viral.
Our members should know that in Massachusetts we have a model law which requires that medical professionals give accurate information about what to expect when a mother receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome for her unborn child.
The Massachusetts law, passed June 22,  is the most comprehensive legislation passed so far. Like the Missouri law, it mandates both the dissemination of information and support services. Like the national law, it includes both prenatal and postnatal diagnoses. … “I think what is significant about our state is that people from both sides of the political aisle, people from all different opinions and relationships to the ethical questions that are embedded in pregnancy, were able to find common ground in this bill,” he said.